The U.S. Bureau of Prisons has turned down former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s request for early release despite a strong lobbying effort and the threat of the coronavirus pandemic.
The U.S. Bureau of Prisons said it reviewed and denied Kilpatrick’s request for early release.
Kilpatrick, 49, is serving a 28-year sentence for corruption, and he is scheduled to be released January 18, 2037, according to prison documents posted online. So far, he has served seven years.
He is serving his prison sentence at Oakdale Federal Prison, a low-security prison, which houses 986 inmates.
Prison officials declined to comment on Kilpatrick’s release, but Rev. Kenyon Payton, a Detroit minister, said Kilpatrick had expected to be granted release under a federal policy allowing officials to move some inmates because of the coronavirus pandemic. Reportedly Oakdale has a large number of Covid-19 cases.
Matthew Slater, Kilpatrick’s Detroit-based attorney, told another publication that he knows nothing about his client’s early release.
But early release has happened for some black politicians.
Two black politicians convicted of financial corruption have been released early from federal prisons because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was released early from prison because of the coronavirus. Nagin, who served as mayor of New Orleans from 2002 to 2012, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2014 after being convicted of bribery, money laundering and tax evasion. His projected date of release from custody is March 16, 2023, said prison officials.
Corrine Brown, who walked into history books with her 1992 election to Congress from Florida and left in shame 40 years later after being convicted of tax fraud and an arms’-length list of other crimes, was released early from prison Wednesday because of coronavirus.
Brown, 73, had been scheduled to remain in prison until March 2022. She had been serving a five-year sentence after having been sentenced to prison in 2017.
In recent weeks, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the federal government has been strategically releasing non-violent inmates who have completed more than half of their prison sentences, prison officials explained.
Black ministers have met with President Donald Trump and lobbied him to grant Kilpatrick an early release.
Kilpatrick, known as the “Hip Hop Mayor” served as Detroit’s mayor from 2002 to 2008, resigning in September 2008 after being convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice.